In 1997, the Law Academic Outreach Resource Center launched the Law Fellows Program. This program is designed to encourage and prepare high-potential undergraduate and graduate students for a career in law, increase the pipeline of diverse students interested in law, and demystify the law school experience.
The program format is made up of several components, and includes a series of Saturday Academies held at the law school. These academies offer professional-level instruction by UCLA Law faculty in which Law Fellows are exposed to cases and a variety of other materials taught in law school. In addition to the academic enrichment component, all Fellows are assigned law student mentors with whom they will interact throughout the year. Informative seminars and panel discussions, designed to demystify the law school experience, are led by staff, alumni and other members of the legal community. Finally, participants complete a J.D. Action Plan and meet with the directors of the program regularly, often over the course of several years, until they matriculate to law school and beyond, receiving continuous academic support, mentoring, counseling and career guidance.
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Executive Director of Academic Outreach & Development
Associate Director of Admissions & Recruitment
Instructor, Law Fellows Program
B.A. Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley, 1991
B.A. Political Science, UC Berkeley, 1991
J.D. UCLA School of Law, 1997
Amanda Smith, Esq.
Assistant Director of Academic Outreach & Development
B.A. Political Science and Black Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2008
J.D. USC Gould School of Law, 2012